Kanye West performed in London tonight and it looked pretty crazy and filled with plenty of guests and surprises.
The most intriguing to me was the debut of another brand new song. This one’s with Vic Mensa again and produced by more Chicago artists gettin’ their first Kanye co-sign — Stefan Ponce, Smoko Ono, and D. Phelps are all behind the boards on this one. The beat sounds pretty awesome so far and the crowd was goin’ nuts below.
Apparently it’s called “U Mad” and it’s Vic’s song with Kanye and Big Sean featuring. Whoof, looks like “Wolves” wasn’t just a one time collab with ‘Ye.
Then finally, the London audience was treated to a live performance of two of Kanye’s newest album previews “All Day” (sans flamethrower, unfortunately) and “Wolves” with Vic on stage too (still need that CDQ.) The whole set was accompanied by some new background set visuals too and other surprise guests were Big Sean, CyHi The Prynce, Skepta, and Allan Kingdom. Visuals of all this below.
Also today, Kanye’s run in Europe continues with another performance of “Only One” with another clean set and lighting accompanying it. Diggin’ this one as well along with the Skavlan performance yesterday.
And finally, Vic Mensa played “All Day” out in London and here’s our first full listen of the explicit version below. Pretty solid quality so if you can’t wait til the CDQ drops, give this a play below.
If I told you a week ago, Vic Mensa was going to be on SNL 40…
But yeah, wow. Amazing look for the young Vic as Kanye puts him on with a performance of track 01 — “Wolves”, accompanied by Vic and Sia. It was prefaced by “Jesus Walks” and “Only One” too. I’ll let the medley develop for you naturally down below, just know it’s definitely interesting… and IMHO, pretty cool. Can’t wait to hear more of “Wolves”.
Official video of the fashion show + “Wolves” in its highest quality yet (starts at 8:19).
I gotta admit, I first thought the live trumpet and military formations was a little weird but that quickly grew on me. There’s a clear continuity in the colors and style and a few pieces stand out for me.
For one, there are the Yeezy Boost Lows and the Yeezy Boots (unofficial titles). I prefer the boots seen below.
Other pieces I enjoy: the crop tops for women and literally all the camo. My free spending self would cop a camo jacket, the Boots and the Boosts.
The Kanye x adidas Fashion Show just went down in NYC and more details and previews have naturally surfaced (scroll below for the Yeezy Boost Lows.)
The music takes the forefront as Kanye premiered track 01 off his upcoming album:
“Wolves” featuring Vic Mensa & Sia.
Wow. Look at ‘Ye branching out to another Chicago artist on the rise. Without much more ado, here’s a full HQ audio preview of the song and streamed fashion show.
UPDATE: Full, CDQ as part of the new adidas Originals official video. Starts at 8:19 mark.
I’m vibing with the booming production, by Cashmere Cat & Sinjin Hawke, and ‘Ye’s autotune carries the first third of the record with Vic harmonizing on the bridge. Sia comes in wonderfully afterward. And overall, this is a message to let digest as well. Between all three artists, they describe not staying too high and wild and learning from times that they do. It’ll take some listens, but knowing Sia’s past helps piece her part together as well.
Hosted by Neonpajamas (shout out to the Insta friend) at Emporium Wicker Park, Groupie Love featuring Vic Mensa and Smoko Ono along with Ebilla, Boathouse, and Gold Status is the place to be Wednesday, December 10th.
Fuck the cold, come through and see what Chicago has been working with. Check back for full event coverage.
Performing under the name Groupie Love, Vic Mensa and Smoko Ono kept the spot lit on a Wednesday night. Featuring crowd favorites as well as some unreleased tracks from Vic’s upcoming EP,Streetlights, the duo kept the stage going as the crowd and stage got bigger. Big ups to all the dudes using their human tetris abilities, it’s not every day where 20 dudes can situate themselves comfortably on a tiny ass stage.
From listening to some of Vic’s new material, I am pleasantly surprised by how he is furthering his style and take on music. Although the tracks are very reminiscent of some of his older material, he is placing a new fresh spin on some old ideas. And with a vastly different sound than the stuff his fellow SAVEMONEY members are producing I say, let the boy cook. With his notable strides with top music artists, this new Vic Mensa, whatever the fuck that means, is branching out and giving us a small sample of some of his more revolutionary works.